Welcome to the homepage of PCAACs (Praana Charitable Allergy Asthma Clinic).
Introduction: PRAANA is a Sanskrit word and it means 'BREATHE FOR LIFE'. Hence this is a 'BREATHING CLINIC' and it is a charitable/subsidized undertaking of International Asthma Services (IAS) (www.globalchestinitiatives.org), a 501 c-3 registered charity in the state of Colorado, U S A. The founder and architect of Praana Charitable Allergy Asthma Clincs (PCAACs) is Dr Pudupakkam K Vedanthan (PK), a Board certified Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAI) specialist settled in Fort Collins, Colorado USA.
History: Dr PK has been formulating the concept of a PCAAC for several decades. The main hurdle was the lack of basic infrastructure and qualified specialists in the field of allergy and asthma. This issue has been addressed successfully in the past 15 years with the advent of training programs and post graduate diploma courses at Christian Medical College, Vellore and more recently at Sir Gangaram Hospital and Research Center, Delhi.
Inspite of these advancements, Dr PK was noting the paucity of adequate care among the socioeconomically disadvantaged populations in several parts of India and beyond. Hence the model of PCAAC came into practice for the FIRST time in 2017 under the leadership of Dr Savitha Ramaraj, Professor of Pediatrics at Mysore Medical College and Research Center (MMCRI), Mysore the almamater of Dr PK and his other family members including his father.
Due to the success and popularity of the PCAAC at MMCRI, the second clinic was inaugurated at Jodhpur, Rajasthan under the leadership of Dr Dan Purushottham. Recently with the advent of the Covid Pandemic there has been huge disruptions in people's livelihood, the health infrastructure as well as the overall economy of the countries across the globe, India being no exception.
Due to this change of the healthcare scenario especially in his homeland of India, Dr PK decided to expand the Praana concept. He approached around fifty alumni of different AAI training programs in India. The response was overwhelming and very soon around 30 physicians across various parts of India as well as Nepal and far reaching places like Barbados in the Caribbeans took up the cause of establishing a Praana Clinic at their local medical practices.
Hence the PCAAC movement, born in 2017, has matured over the past four years and now has mushroomed across India and beyond.
Who Supports PCAAC? 1. The participating physicians and their staff; 2. Local communities; 3. International Asthma Services (IAS) Colorado, USA; 4. Colorado Allergy Asthma Society USA; 5. Vedantha Charities (R) Bangalore & Mysore, India; 5. Pharma companies: Allcure, Delhi. Clinimed Allergy Solutions, Bangalore.
Our Vision: To establish 100 PCAACs throughout India and beyond by 2025.